Report: Apple Complied in 2008 With First Court Order for iPhone
An article printed in a national newspaper this week says the first court order received by Apple came from federal investigators involved in the prosecution of Christopher and Amada Jansen two child sex offenders.
In the case, which first came to light over a year after the original iPhone was debuted, Apple did not only comply, but helped prosecutors to draft the court order requiring the company to do so.
Prosecutors invoked the All Writs Act and a judge’s signature allowed Apple to take said device to its headquarters in Cupertino, California and to bypass the passcode, while a police investigator was present.
The federal All Writs Act is a law that judges would use to conscript telecommunications companies into helping agents to install as well as operate device that track calls.
At that time, said people who were familiar with this matter said no one considered it to be any big step to note, because authorities from the government had used the act for a long time to get other companies to help them with technical issues with a number of devices.
In all, Apple helped the government of the U.S. access more than 70 devices, prior to changing its stance when Edward Snowden a former contractor with NSA revealed details of the surveillance program of the government back in 2013.
Those revelations led to a number of tech companies to begin increasing their security in products and in expanding their encryption efforts.
In 2014, the company introduced iOS 8, which was using a new encryption that prevented an agent from the government or Apple itself, from accessing the data stored on its smartphone.
Prior to the report on Thursday, it was thought the first cause for government’s concern with Apple’s security measures started back in 2010 when the business launched its video messaging that was encrypted.
Following the revelations made by Snowden, there was an apparent division with the government and that the FBI was frustrated.